Monthly Archives: March 2010

Go Green with an Eco Friendly Home Office

Go Green with an Eco Friendly Home Office courtesy of the Eco-Office Gals! The eco-office gals are some smart chicks combining the two biggest trends in the business world today – saving Mother Earth and advancing technology via virtual assistants and online resources. Save paper, time, and your sanity with the help of the eco-office gals! Eco-Gals Jen and Christina (great name, but I’m biased) even offer website development. Check out the Eco-Office Gals and their earth friendly home office services today at http://eco-officegals.com .

 

Living in Oakwood Ohio

Living in Oakwood Ohio

I am proud to be living in Oakwood, Ohio. My hubby and I chose to move to Oakwood because it is located centrally between his job at Wright Patterson Air Force Base near Beavercreek and my office located in Centerville, Ohio. We love the character of the older homes, unique architecture, boulevards, and BIG mature trees throughout the community. The Shops of Oakwood are walking distance from our home and are convenient for everything, including groceries, banks, a pharmacy, restaurants, a pet store, a florist, a UPS store, clothing stores, and pretty much anything you can imagine!

Oakwood Ohio Homes

The city of Oakwood offers a TON of community activities! Real Living Realty is the proud winner of the 2007 Annual Scarecrow Contest, where residents and businesses can enter to create the best scarecrow and put the straw creatures on display during October along the Schantz boulevard. During the winter, Oakwood also has a home holiday lighting display contest and free carriage rides. The holiday tree lighting is another community event which takes place at the park near the Oakwood Community Center, located at 105 Patterson Road, which houses the department of Leisure Services, and is the home of Gardner Pool. This pool provides relaxation from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The lower level of the community center houses ping pong, billiards, a large screen television and other games for students aged eight to eighteen. Residents sixteen and over may enjoy Nautilus, Universal and free weight equipment in the Health Center, which also features a stair climber, rowing machine and stationary bicycle. The Community Center also sponsors a full range of athletic activities including volleyball, tennis, baseball, softball, soccer, basketball and swimming. A variety of art, drama, dance and gymnastics classes are offered for all ages. Walking and jogging are probably the city’s most popular leisure activities. Route maps are available at the community center. 

Oakwood Ohio ParkOakwood is proud of its three neighborhood parks, Orchardly, Shafor and Fairridge. Playground equipment, landscaping and access for the handicapped is at all three parks. Tennis is a proud city tradition, with courts at Shafor and Orchardly Parks recognized as some of the finest public courts anywhere. Instruction is provided for all ages and levels. Courts are available on a first come, first served basis year round.

For more information on moving to or from the Oakwood, Ohio area, contact Oakwood resident and Realtor Christina Asad Edwards today! 

Spring forward! Daylight savings time officially struck!

Spring forward! Daylight savings time officially struck at 2:00 AM this morning and all clocks should have been set forward by an hour before going to bed. Ironically enough, some clocks, for example those on computers will automatically jump ahead an hour, so there is no need to change the time.

With daylight savings time, as you might guess, comes an extra hour of daylight, meaning that it will be getting brighter earlier in the morning, and darker later at night.

This is a good time of year to change the batteries in your smoke detector to make sure that they are in working order.

Happy Spring!

Ohio February Market Report

Ohio February Market Report

It is a great time to relocate to the Dayton, Ohio area or invest in property in the Dayton, Ohio area based on the monthly market report. The February Market Report in Ohio for single family, residential homes in Montgomery, Greene, and Warren counties shows MAJOR changes. In February 2010 versus February 2009, homes are selling MUCH quicker now (lower days on market). The average sales price in Southwest Ohio rose again in February 2010, and has been rising this month versus last consistently since May 2009 which is a total of 9 months solid! In February 2008, 2009, and 2010 the highest priced home sale were all in the Southwest region of Washington Township near Centerville, Ohio.

FEBRUARY 2008

  • Homes Sold – 550
  • Average Bedrooms – 3
  • Average Square Footage – 1,603 
  • Average Listing Price – $129,102 
  • Average Selling Price – $123,336 (96% sale price/listing price)
  • Average Days on Market – 134
  • Homes Sold Price Range $2,500 (W Dayton – S of Third) – $850,000 (Washington Twp – SW)

FEBRUARY 2009

  • Homes Sold – 435
  • Average Bedrooms – 3
  • Average Square Footage – 1,586
  • Average Listing Price – $102,989 
  • Average Selling Price – $96,207  (93% sale price/listing price)
  • Average Days on Market – 126 (8 days difference to February 2008)
  • Homes Sold Price Range $1,500 (North Dayton) – $474,200 (Washington Twp – SW)

FEBRUARY 2010

  • Homes Sold – 435
  • Average Bedrooms – 3
  • Average Square Footage – 1,727 
  • Average Listing Price – $122,201  
  • Average Selling Price – $116,793  (96% sale price/listing price)
  • Average Days on Market – 91
  • Homes Sold Price Range $3,000 (Upper Riverdale) – $800,000 (Washington Twp – SW)

For more information on the market in the Dayton, Ohio area and buying or selling contact Christina today!

West Carrollton Offers Grants to Buyers

WEST CARROLLTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The city of West Carrollton has just sweetened the pot for home buyers hoping to take advantage of federal incentives and buy a home this spring.

The West Carrollton city council approved a ‘Welcome Home’ Buyer Incentive Program. The new program will allow new residents who purchase properties in the Olde Downtown neighborhood after March 1, 2010, to apply for up to a $2,500 grant.

Many of the available homes, including the eco-friendly Litehouse and new and remodeled CountyCorp homes in the Olde Downtown area, will be on display during a March 7 open house tour. See www.westcarrollton.org for more information.

In addition to down-payment and closing cost assistance, applicants may use the money for home renovations and repairs made within two years after closing on the property.

The new grants can also be used for ongoing residential expenses such as utility costs, RTA bus passes, YMCA passes and Wilson Park Pool passes.

The funding is limited, and provided on a first-come/first-served basis. Applicants must own and occupy the home, and may not rent the home for three years from the date of grant award.

Applicants must complete an application, provide copies of necessary home ownership paperwork, and comply with applicable local, state, and federal codes, regulations, and ordinances.

The Olde Downtown area is generally bordered by West Central Avenue, North Alex Road, North Elm Street, and Weir Street.

For more information, contact the planning and building department at (937) 859-5783.